The power of Brain-Computer interface: use your brain to play your video game

Amjad Abu-Rmileh
February 9, 2019

Here we show one application of machine learning and signal processing in Neuroscience; translating thoughts into actions with our Game-Based Brain-Computer interface (BCI).


Video-Game based BCI. The gaming part increases user engagement and makes it easier to acquire the new skill of controlling the BCI device.

BCI enables direct control of brain activity over external devices such as robots. Motor imagery (MI) based BCIs detect changes in brain activity associated with imaginary limb movements, such as grasping with the right or left hand. MI based BCIs require training, during which the user gradually learns how to control the relevant patterns of brain activity with the help of feedback. Additionally, it is common to use machine learning techniques to improve BCI performance and adapt the decoding algorithm to the user’s brain. Therefore, the brain and the BCI need to “collaborate” in order to constantly improve performance.

BCI is not science fiction, but a complete machine learning pipeline between a brain and a specific end point. It can be used for communication, rehabilitation, control, diagnosis and gaming.